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Achieving air superiority is a crucialelement in protecting our Nation’s troops on the battlefield.

The United States Army’s Air Defense Artillery specializes in the use of antiaircraft weapons that protect ground forces from aerial and missile attacks, as well as enemy surveillance.

As an Air and Missile Defense Crewmember, you will learn to employ air defense systems that engage hostile airborne targets.

This Military Occupational Specialty is open to enlisted men and women who are physically and mentally fit to perform under pressure.

Being able to detect, track, intercept, and destroy incoming threats requires advanced knowledge of highly sophisticated computer controlled weapons systems.

Each Air and Missile Defense, or AMD crewmember, is trained to operate and fire the Counter Rocket Artillery Mortar or C-RAM, the Avenger weapon system, and the Man Portable Air Defense System known as MANPADS.

The C-RAM is a rapid-fire, radar-guided 20 millimeter gun that protects critical assets on the ground from indirect fire attack by rockets, artillery and mortars.

The Avenger is a highly mobile surface to air missile fire unit equipped with eight Stinger missiles. This shoot-on-the-move air defense system uses infrared targeting to take down low flying helicopters, planes and cruise missiles.

MANPADS operates as a shoulder-fired heat seeking surface-to-air missile, or SAM. AMD crewmembers are also trained to establish radio communications, track incoming targets, perform target engagement evaluation, and prepare systems for firing.

To become an AMD crewmember, Soldiers must be eligible for a Secret Clearance, and earn a qualifying score on the ASVAB, or Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery test. Job training takes place at the U.S. Army Defense Artillery School at Fort Sill, Oklahoma.

Soldiers will receive 10 weeks of Basic Combat Training and 10 weeks of Advanced Individual Training with onthe- job instruction.

While in training, Soldiers will spend time in the classroom, and in the field under simulated combat conditions. The training and skills that Soldiers acquire as an AMD Crewmember can lead to positions of greater responsibility in the Army and will continue to benefit the Soldier after their service as they enter the civilian work sector.

The Credentialing Opportunities On- Line, or COOL website helps Army Service members find information on certifications and lic enses related to their jobs.

The Army depends upon this agile and adaptive ground-based arms to provide the final line of defense against airbased threats

Become a part of the world’s most versatile Fires Force – Military Occupational Specialty: Air and Missile Defense Crewmember.

Air and Missile Defense (AMD) Crewmember (14P)

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An air and missile defense crewmember is responsible for operating the avenger system, a lightweight, highly mobile weapon system that provides air defense protection against air and land attacks.

Job Duties

  • Operate the AVENGER and Man Portable Air Defense System weapons systems
  • Establish radio/wire communications and maintain situation maps
  • Perform target engagement evaluations
  • Operate “friend or foe” identification equipment
  • Resupply ammunition and prepare systems for firing


Those who want to serve must first take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, a series of tests that helps you better understand your strengths and identify which Army jobs are best for you.


Job training for an air and missile defense crewmember requires 10 weeks of Basic Combat Training and 10 weeks of Advanced Individual Training with on-the-job instruction. Part of this time is spent in the classroom and in the field under simulated combat conditions.

Some of the skills you’ll learn are:

  • Methods of computing target locations
  • Ammunition-handling techniques
  • Missile and rocket system operations
  • Artillery tactics

Helpful Skills

  • Interest in mathematics
  • Physically and mentally fit to perform under pressure
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Interest in missile and rocket operations
  • Capable of working as a team member


Total compensation includes housing, medical, food, special pay, and vacation time. Learn more about total compensation.

Earn Cash For In Demand Jobs

You could earn up to $40,000 in cash bonuses just for enlisting under certain Military Occupational Specialties. Visit Jobs in Demand to see if this job qualifies for an enlistment bonus.

Education Benefits

In the Army, qualified students can earn full-tuition, merit-based scholarships, allowances for books and fees, plus an annual stipend for living expenses. Learn more about education benefits.

Future Civilian Careers

While there is no direct job equivalent in civilian life, the skills you learn such as teamwork, discipline and leadership will help you in any civilian career you choose.


Those interested in this job may be eligible for civilian employment, after the Army, by enrolling in the Army PaYS program. The PaYS program is a recruitment option that guarantees a job interview with military friendly employers that are looking for experienced and trained Veterans to join their organization. Find out more about the Army PaYS Program at

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Air and Missile Defense (AMD) Crewmember